Making car sharing more accessible, reliable, and economical
The provision of electric vehicles in medium-sized cities is a major challenge while more and more environmental changes are about to come. The different reactions triggered can seem fatalistic. Clem’, involved in car sharing since 2010, has striven to create a more dynamic market by optimising its offerings for individual citizens and the communities.
However, the difficulties encountered by Autolib in Paris in particular emphasise the numerous obstacles against electric vehicles’ promotion. The business model is still highly fragile. And this is even truer in medium-sized cities which suffer from a lack of agility and adaptability. This may due to the imposition of public tendering regulations.
That’s why Clem’s decided to obtain certification from UGAP, the Union of Public Procurement Associations. It enables towns and communities to make use of Clem’s services without going through a full public tender. Bruno Flinois, chairman of Clem’ explained that “Our aim is to offer light commercial vehicles that are located as close as possible to shops and business users.” He also added that there is now “a real appetite for electric vehicle sharing solutions from local authorities of all sizes.”
Economical and convenient
Nonetheless, to understand this new enthusiasm, remember that Clem’ is about more than vehicle. Despite car sharing is focused on environmental friendly mobility, Clem’ offers a portfolio of solutions including :
- recharging (via standalone terminals)
- providing information for customers and users via an app
- notifying users of trips they could join (to improve the car sharing access and experience)
- managing all types of charging stations (it avoids local authorities to engage in onerous roll-out on their streets)
- creation of M’Key, a key box that enables all types of electric vehicles to be shared. It means there is no need to develop a vehicles’ bespoke range (such as the early versions of Autolib in Paris).
Thereby, the innovation inherent in this vision of car-sharing for urban local authorities derives from the supply of a complete, end-to-end service to create a genuine ecosystem. Indeed, it ensures the best conditions to provide cities with this system. In other words Clem’ takes care of everything!
A social enterprise
Clem’ takes things even further with its shared shuttles for journeys between railway stations and city centres (for example). Clem’ eNavettes and Clem’ Solidrive are aimed at journeys involving volunteering as well as social services. To sum up, Clem’ focuses on its various users’ behaviours and the challenges cities face in responding to them.
Successfully changing behaviours will mean that any barriers along the way must be taken into consideration, while successful innovations must integrate with the context around them. As such, the technology needs to be conceived as a holistic, cohesive solution.
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